Thursday, April 28, 2011

"Coy" Skirt


Step one: Click this to find the "Coy" Skirt on Etsy.
Step two: Buy the skirt
Step three: Pull it on, grab your beau and get swept away to a tropical paradise (or settle for sipping a Piña Coloda if your private jet is in the shop).

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Confetti Dress

I'm posting some of the new designs on Etsy ( confetti-dress). Get 'em while they're hot! Also, I'm now scheduling trunk shows for May and June. E-mail me for details if you'd like to find out what hosting entails (melaniebenton73@gmail.com).

Monday, April 25, 2011

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Living Vicariously


It may have been snowing in my world today but it matters not as I am living vicariously through my dress form Mathilde who is on her way to a sandy floored beach bar, where she will sip umbrella adorned  piña coladas with abandon.  Come with me....
Aahhh, can you feel how that sunshine and even the icy cold drink are beginning to thaw your psyche? Fly free little frozen soul, fly free!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Room with a View

Yes, it's April 18th and this is the view. Endless winter somehow just doesn't have the same appeal as that other season that is so elusive in these parts sometimes. Looks like I'm going to have to make my own sunshine up in the studio. Back to work!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Blue Crush

When I told the hubby that this design was called the waterfall top, he wanted to see a blue version. I aim to please, mostly, so here it is. More colors are on the cutting table. By the way this is a free form design so no two are exactly the same:) That's one of the beauties of handmade versus mass produced, each garment can be unique just like all of you! 

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Peek-a-boo Holes


Yes! More lace. You know you love it. Well, at least you know I love it because I keep slipping it into every collection in one form or another. Isn't this just a gorgeous one though? It's a Copenhagen Blue (yummy) and you can't see it all that well in the photos but it is over a soft gold/yellow lining which shows through the little peek-a-boo holes. Maybe that's why I love lace so much, with what other fabric can you use that sort of fun terminology. 

I see this skirt as a fairly neutral piece, like a pair of faded jeans, but more interesting. That tells you a little bit about how I feel about jeans:) For those of you who don't know me well, I will reveal a shocking fact about myself. I don't own any, jeans that is. Crazy huh? The last time I wore jeans was when we were in the heavy construction phase of building our house. I must admit they do work well when your wielding a hammer and getting grungy. But as far as fashion goes, I've had a thing about them since I was in high school. Does anyone share my sentiment?

Are you just dying to see all these new designs on actual human bodies? I am! Don't fret the photo shoot is coming soon. Stay tuned. 

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Gal Pal

Laverne and Shirley, Lucy and Ethel, every gal needs a pal.  So I have to ask, can a girl have a sweet dress as a best friend? Because I think this one could fit the bill. Here are a few qualities that it shares in common with my favorite girlfriends. Unique (pussy willow polka dots), bright (cherry red), easy to be around (super soft cotton), smart (pockets), flexible (spandex), breezy (wide airy sleeves), and sassy (front zip). Yes, I think I have a new bestie. Time to introduce her to my other friend Malibran Fluevog (my favorite gray mary janes)  and take her out on the town.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Picnic by the Waterfall

More new designs for spring! The waterfall top with the picnic skirt.
It snowed last night and every thing is looking sparkly and beautiful but not particularly inviting for laying out a blanket. So, I'm thinking my little picnic fantasy will have to wait but that gives me plenty of time to plan what to put in the basket, mmmm. 

Monday, April 4, 2011

Circle in Stripes

The great thing about a circle skirt is it's twirl factor. For six year old Melanie, of all the criteria involved in choosing a skirt, this was number one. I believe you're never too old too enjoy a good spin in front of the mirror or a little swish in your sashay and with this skirt you can get the twirl without the frill. That's the "goddess" top again which has me really wishing for warm weather because I want to wear it and I don't want to have to cover it with five warm layers. The belt, which was an anniversary present from Chad (isn't he sweet?) is from muse.  I love the simplicity and ease of their designs:)